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Man Utd in right-back conundrum
Manchester United are still interested in a move for Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier, but fear being held to ransom by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Reports in the Mirror claim the north Londoners want around £30 million for their England international, despite the 27-year-old having an uninspiring Premier League season after being a standout performer at the World Cup in 2018.
Trippier’s dip in form has seen him axed from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Nations League, and the fee quoted by Levy has given United plenty to think about, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also considering Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka as an option for the United right-back berth.
Wan-Bissaka has been a revelation at Selhurst Park this season, and the 21-year-old represents a much younger option than Trippier, but at £45m, he is also a much more expensive one.
Lukaku hoping for golden goodbye
Solskjaer has preferred Marcus Rashford in the lone-striker berth since taking charge at the backend of last year, and Lukaku is desperate to land first-team football elsewhere.
Antonio Conte’s Inter is his most likely destination at the moment, but the Italians cannot afford United’s £75m asking price, or indeed the 26-year-old’s £195,000 a week wages.
But with United keen to offload some of their high-ticket stars to fund a summer revamp, there is hope among the Inter ranks that Old Trafford bosses will slash their asking price, whilst also offering to subsidise a large chunk of the forward’s wages for the final three years of his contract.
Zidane considering mass Real clearout
AS claims Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has as many as 14 players’ futures in his hands going into the summer, with Los Blancos set for a huge overhaul in the coming months.
Madrid are looking to make up to six major signings in the next few weeks, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba all featuring on Zidane’s wishlist, and a mass clearout could be needed to free up funds for transfer fees and wages for a new wave of galacticos.
Decisions also need to made regarding the futures of Mateo Kovacic and Martin Odegaard, who have enjoyed successful loan spells away from the club this season, and will be the subject of further interest heading into the summer.
– Aston Villa’s hopes of signing loanee Axel Tuanzebe on a permanent deal from Manchester United have been dashed, with The Mirror reporting that Solskajer plans to give the Belgian a full pre-season in the United squad to gauge his development ahead of the new season.
– Bayern Munich look set to continue pushing for the signing of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, after the latest series of contract talks between the Germany international and City officials failed to end in with an agreement. The Mirror claims City are unhappy with Bayern’s public pursuit of the 23-year-old.
– Manchester United appear to have made their first signing of the summer, after Ajax youngster Dillon Hoogewerf announced on his Instagram page that he had joined the club. The 16-year-old has rejected a contract at his boyhood club to make the move to United’s academy setup, according to reports in The Sun.